World number 16, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, continued with her dominating run at the French Open campaign and outperformed the unseeded Taiwanese-American, Vania King, in the second round on Wednesday. The 15th seed Slovak breezed her way past King in straight sets, settling the final score line at 6-0, 6-2, to book a berth in the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam event at Roland Garros.
The local crowd in Paris, France, witnessed the 23-year-old Slovakian thrashing King to all parts of the court throughout the matchup. Cibulkova spared merely two games for her opponent in the entire matchup before dumping her out of the star-studded event. She was facing the 57th ranked American for the fourth time in her professional career. King had earlier defeated the Slovak tennis ace on three successive occasions but it was the payback time for Cibulkova. She gave absolutely no chance to King to get settled in the contest and cruised through the two sets with commanding ease to curtail the head-to-head deficit at 1-3 against the American.
The 15th seed Slovak had an ordinary first serve precision of 55 per cent in the match but clinched 17 out of 22 points on it to get under the skin of the American opponent. She crafted a total of 10 break opportunities in the match and converted half of them en route to victory. On the other hand, King utterly failed to register a single break point in the entire matchup, frittering away two vital chances to finish on the losing side in the end.
23 year old American Vania King, seeded eighth this week, advanced to the quarter finals of the WTA PTT Pattaya Open on Thursday. King scored a 6-1 6-3 victory over Alla Kudryavtseva. However, King lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-finals.
Sania Mirza and qualifier Hsieh Su-Wei also won to set up a quarter final. Hseih beat the 41 year old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm. Mirza beat the British world no. 88 Anne Keothevang in straight sets. Mirza is also through to the quarter finals in doubles this week where she is top seeded with Australian Anastasia Rodionova.
On Day 1 of the singles action of the 2012 Pattaya Open, India’s leading lady Sania Mirza came back from a one set deficit to defeat 21-year old Japanese Ayumi Morita in the first round and in the process, registered her first victory on the WTA tour this year.
The Indian entered into the tournament on the back of two first round losses and was looking to break the jinx by transposing her doubles momentum (she reached the doubles semi-finals at the Australian Open) into the singles competition. However, she didn’t have the start that she hoped for as the world no.64 Morita registered a first serve percentage of 74 and won 11 out of 15 points on Mirza’s second serve to easily pocket the first set 6-3. Though Mirza converted both her break point opportunities, the Japanese went a step ahead as she broke Mirza’s service thrice. The second and the third sets saw the Indian raise her game. Mirza didn’t face a single break point in the second and won 81 percent of her first serve points to comfortably take the set 6-1. The Japanese tried desperately to stay in the match in the third but Mirza played the big points much better, breaking Morita’s serve twice and saving two breakpoints on her own serve to take the set and the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 33 minutes.
Mirza’s second round opponent will be world no. 88 Anne Keothavong. The 28 year old Thai-British veteran shocked the second seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Top seed Vera Zvonareva had no such worries as she beat Thai qualifier Varatchaya Wongteanchai in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. It was a mixed day for the seeds with 3rd seed Daniela Hantuchova and 8th seed Vania King producing easy wins while 5th seed Zheng Jie and 6th seed Galia Voskoboeva both crashed out.